Published on December 8, 2009
2007 Quad CitiesCommunity Vitality Scan : 2007 Quad CitiesCommunity Vitality Scan Amy Helpenstell Foundation Community Foundation of the Great River Bend Moline Foundation Quad City Health Initiative United Way of the Quad Cities Area, Inc. Data Input for the Community Vitality Scan : Data Input for the Community Vitality Scan Quad Cities Community Vitality Telephone Survey 800 telephone interviews with adults (400 in each county) Administered January-February 2007 Secondary Data Public health, Census, etc. Community Leaders Survey 388 surveys returned Focus Groups — One for Each Focus Area Economy & Employment Health & Society Environment & Resources Education & Learning Arts, Culture & Recreation Neighborhoods, Housing & Safety Belonging & Leadership Emerging Themes : Emerging Themes By and large, the Quad Cities Area compares very favorably to national findings for perceptions of quality of life. However, the important analysis is identifying groups that experience a lower quality of life. Often, moderate- to low-income residents experience a “different” Quad Cities than those at higher incomes. Younger adults often have very different experiences, perceptions and needs than do older community residents. Slide 4: OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE Comparison With National Benchmarks : Comparison With National Benchmarks Better Than US Rating of Community as a Place to Live Rating of Community as a Place to Raise a Family Perceptions of Poverty Perceptions of Illiteracy Worse Than US Perceptions of Crime Perceptions of Gang Violence Perceptions of Child Abuse Perceptions of Domestic Violence OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE Community Perceptions : Community Perceptions Quality of Life 91% think this is an “excellent,” “very good” or “good” place to live. Most feel it has stayed the same or gotten better in the past few years Anticipated: Most think it will get better (50.4%) or stay about the same (36.7%) 12.9% think it will get worse (higher among low-income and young adults) Best Things About Living in the QCA Size (small town, convenience, quiet, rural, etc.) = 37.7% Neighbors/family = 15.7% Entertainment/recreation = 11.3% Participants in the Leader Survey rated the community even higher. “#1” Family Problems = Financial/Pressures on Youth/Lack of Time/Crime “#1” Gaps in Child/Youth Services = After-School Activities/Family Development Slide 7: Household: Open-Ended #1 Problem = Crime (31.4%); Economy/Jobs (18.6%) #3 #4 #5 #3 #4 #5 #1 #2 Slide 8: favorable similar Slide 9: ECONOMY & EMPLOYMENT Comparison With National Benchmarks : Comparison With National Benchmarks Better Than US Persons Living in Poverty Rating of Personal Financial Situation Change in Financial Situation Over the Past Year Rating of Availability of Grocery/Retail Shopping Worse Than US None among the indicators measured. ECONOMY & EMPLOYMENT Slide 11: favorable 30.2% of working adults, particularly women, feel overqualified for their current job (underemployed). Slide 12: Leader Survey: Jobs Expected to Increase in the Next 10 Years Low-Paying Service Jobs (40.5%) Healthcare (20.2%) High-Tech/Computer (19.4%) Slide 13: HEALTH & SOCIETY Comparison With National Benchmarks : Comparison With National Benchmarks Better Than US Rating of Personal Health Death Rates: Heart Disease Diabetes HIV Cirrhosis/Liver Disease Prevalence of High Blood Pressure Low-Weight Births Infant Deaths Vigorous Physical Activity Flu Shots for High-Risk Adults Under 65 Routine Checkups (Adults & Kids) Health Insurance Coverage Perceived Ease of Obtaining Healthcare HEALTH & SOCIETY Comparison With National Benchmarks : Comparison With National Benchmarks Worse Than US Death Rates: Stroke Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Incidence of Gonorrhea/Chlamydia Births to Teenagers Lack of Leisure-Time Physical Activity Alcohol: Binge Drinking HEALTH & SOCIETY Slide 16: Excellent = 28.0% Very Good = 37.7% Good = 25.2% better than US (13.8%) >4x Ratings of mental health are similar. Slide 17: Heart disease death rates — high in Rock Island County Cancer, stroke and respiratory disease death rates — high in Scott County Chronic Conditions : Chronic Conditions Asthma 10.4% of adults have been diagnosed with asthma (similar to US) Significantly higher in Rock Island County (14.7%) Diabetes 7.8% of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes (similar to US) Death rates slightly better than nationally Activity Limitations 16.6% are limited in activities due to a health problem (similar to US) STDs Gonorrhea and chlamydia rates are quite high and rising Births : Births Prenatal Care 16.7% of QCA births do not receive adequate prenatal care (similar to US) Maternal Risk Behaviors 20.3% of mothers (1999-2001) smoked during pregnancy (US=12.3%) Low-Weight Births 7.4% of births are less than 5 pounds 8 ounces (similar to US) Teen Births Rock Island County: a high 14.0% of births are to teens Infant Mortality Infant mortality rate is below US rate Slide 20: worse unfavorable similar Note that timing of the survey may account for some of the difference in the trend – the 2007 survey was conducted during winter months; the 2002 during spring/summer months. While most residents say they live a healthy lifestyle, 66.8% are overweight (26.7% obese) — similar to national levels; similar to 2002 In contrast, vigorous activity increased significantly. Slide 21: better similar Slide 22: 6.9% of parents report that they have no health coverage for their child (higher among parents of older children) US = 20.0% Slide 23: 11.6% of adults report experiencing difficulty accessing healthcare in the past year(higher, but statistically similar to, 2002 findings) However, the percentages of adults with a regular provider and recent checkups have improved. Slide 24: ENVIRONMENT & RESOURCES Comparison With National Benchmarks : Comparison With National Benchmarks Better Than US Rating of the Physical Environment Ability to Rely on Public Transportation Worse Than US None among the indicators measured. ENVIRONMENT & RESOURCES Slide 26: Level of Concern for Environmental Issues Very Concerned = 39.3% Somewhat Concerned = 46.8% Not At All Concerned = 13.9% 47.9% feel that alternative fuels are “very important” Slide 27: EDUCATION & LEARNING Comparison With National Benchmarks : Comparison With National Benchmarks Better Than US Rating of Local Schools Rating of Child Day Care Services Graduation Rate & Dropout Rate Average ACT Composite Score Rating of Adult Educational Opportunities Literacy Rate Access to the Internet Worse Than US None among the indicators measured. EDUCATION & LEARNING Slide 29: 9.6% give “fair/poor” ratings of schools as safe environments 14.7% of school-aged children are unsupervised after school improvement favorable similar Slide 30: Leader Survey: Mean = 8.0 out of 10 (mostly“8s” and “9s”) favorable similar Slide 31: Over 90% say they have at least 1 hour per week of informal education/training as well Slide 32: Personal Internet access is slightly higher (85.0%); shares a similar demographic pattern Scott County = 86.0% Rock Island County = 75.6% US = 80.1% Slide 33: ARTS, CULTURE& RECREATION Comparison With National Benchmarks : Comparison With National Benchmarks Better Than US Rating of Variety of Arts & Cultural Offerings Rating of Recreation & Entertainment Offerings Rating of Recreation Offerings for Youth Use of Local Parks/Recreation Facilities Worse Than US None among the indicators measured. ARTS, CULTURE & RECREATION Slide 35: 55.8% say they have visited a museum in the past year (mostly those at higher incomes) Slide 36: favorable Community leaders described arts, culture & recreation as “essential to a growing community.” Slide 37: NEIGHBORHOODS, HOUSING & SAFETY Comparison With National Benchmarks : Comparison With National Benchmarks Better Than US Rating of Affordable Housing Rating of Condition of Neighborhood Homes Homelessness Housing Displacement Death Rates: Unintentional Injuries Motor Vehicle Crashes Homicide Neighborhood Safety Change in Crime Over the Past Few Years NEIGHBORHOODS, HOUSING & SAFETY Comparison With National Benchmarks : Comparison With National Benchmarks Worse Than US Crime Violent Crime Rate Child Abuse Rate Each of these is notably higher in Scott County. NEIGHBORHOODS, HOUSING & SAFETY Slide 42: favorable Feel crime has gotten worse: Scott County = 19.3% Rock Island County = 10.8% US = 20.0% Leader Survey - Crime in the past few years has: Gotten Worse (43.6%) Stayed About the Same (42.9%) Gotten Better (11.9%) Slide 43: Most victims of violence surveyed say this occurred in their neighborhood (50.3%) or at home (26.6%) Violent crime rate is particularly high in Scott County, whereas domestic violence rates are higher in Rock Island County Slide 44: BELONGING& LEADERSHIP Comparison With National Benchmarks : Comparison With National Benchmarks Better Than US Feelings of Being Able to Affect Local Quality of Life Having Someone to Turn to For Help/Support Worse Than US None among the indicators measured. BELONGING& LEADERSHIP Slide 46: favorable similar Slide 47: 65.3% of adults have volunteered time to a charitable cause, organization or event in the past year Slide 48: highest “fair/poor” response found in the survey Excellent = 2.7% Very Good = 15.6% Good = 44.0% How would you rate the quality of leadership in the Quad Cities area? Selected Focus Group Findings : Selected Focus Group Findings Economy & Employment Unified QCA identity vs. individual community interests. Match job opportunities with skilled workers, especially young adults. Health & Society Engaging individuals and families to make healthier lifestyle choices. Access to healthcare continues to be an issue for many in our community. Environment & Resources Promote environmental behaviors, awareness of benefits and consequences. Environmental behaviors at every level – corporate, governmental, individual. Education & Learning Access to educational resources is not universal. More parents need to become more involved in children’s education. Social/emotional disorders are not adequately addressed. Selected Focus Group Findings : Selected Focus Group Findings Arts, Culture & Recreation Barriers to consumer engagement (time, cost, transportation, hours, parking, etc.). Neighborhoods, Housing & Safety Factors impacting neighborhoods’ “sense of community”: common purpose, transience, safety, events. Creating “ownership” of neighborhoods: skills, structured interface with larger systems, unified voice. Great need for more affordable housing in the Quad Cities Area. It is critical to support youth. Belonging & Leadership Civic engagement is a developmental process that needs to be supported. Active engagement = being informed ownership leadership Encourage employers to promote volunteerism among their own employees. 2007 Quad CitiesCommunity Vitality Scan : 2007 Quad CitiesCommunity Vitality Scan Amy Helpenstell Foundation Community Foundation of the Great River Bend Moline Foundation Quad City Health Initiative United Way of the Quad Cities Area, Inc.